Campus Update — April 9

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. As of Friday, April 9, here are the latest things to know:

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Friday, April 9, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 447 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 54 cases from the day before. One-hundred-sixty-one people have recovered from the virus and six people have died. Minnehaha County and Lincoln Counties make up nearly 69 percent of the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state with 307.
    • The Sioux Falls Mayor issued a Safer at Home Executive Proclamation on Monday, April 6, that offers new guidelines for businesses and residents to follow as it relates to the virus. The Sioux Falls City Council voted on Tuesday, April 7, to extend the No Lingering Ordinance to April 22. The ordinance requires certain businesses to maintain fewer than 10 patrons at any given time, not including employees.
    • South Dakota’s Governor has also issued an executive order for persons in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties who are over the age of 65 and/or have chronic medical conditions to stay home for the next three weeks. The Governor also announced that all K-12 school districts in the state will finish the 2019-20 school year with online learning.
    • In conjunction with the state of North Dakota, the Governor announced a new voluntary app for South Dakotans called Care19 that will use location services to help users track where they have been within the community should they test positive for COVID-19.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Cloth face coverings, fashioned from household items, or made at home from common materials at low cost, can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under the age  of 2, or on anyone who has trouble breathing, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for a number of locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours. Please be aware that these times and locations are subject to change and will be reviewed daily as university services evolve in the coming weeks.
    • The Elmen Center is closed over Easter Break on Friday, April 10, through Monday, April 13. The Elmen Center will be open each weekday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The weight room will be open each weekday from 12-2 p.m. The pool remains closed. Swipe your Augie ID on the east main doors and parking lot door. The facility will only be accessible to faculty and staff as well as students who have been approved to live in on-campus student housing. Family members and friends are not allowed to use the facility.
  • Augie Chats: While the pandemic has caused disruption in operations in the workplace, it has also caused major disruption at home with parents working from home, children doing their classes online in the home, and parents suddenly feeling like full-time substitute teachers. Faculty, staff, administrators and coaches, please join us on Tuesday, April 14, from 4-5 p.m., where Assistant Professor of Education Brad Uhing will host a virtual chat. He will share some tips and strategies with parents to help ease some of the disruption and anxiety of doing work and school at home. Register to participate.

Should you have any questions regarding the coronavirus or need to update the risk-assessment team on campus-related matters or events, please send a message to news@augie.edu. Please continue to check for updates and more information on the Augustana coronavirus webpage at augie.edu/coronavirus.